Fostering the “unexpected collision[s] of people with different interests” was a fundamental goal of Temple University's new 246,700 square foot, 7-story Science Education and Research Center (SERC). Programmed specifically as an interdisciplinary research and teaching facility, the SERC draws scientists, educators, and students from around the world to engage in a new era of scientific research. To promote the synthesis of new ideas and theories, huddle spaces and collaborative spaces are located throughout the buildingto allow for impromptu collaborations of students and faculty from radically different disciplines. As the region’s largest and most technologically advanced scientific research facility, this new building is the future of Temple.
The SERC is a visionary facility that is designed as a gateway to Temple’s scientific facilities on their main campus. The building supports 7 research centers and institutes for Computational & Molecular Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Earth and Environmental Science and Physics; with 52 research labs and 16 teaching labs. These labs support flexible small group classrooms and large lecture rooms. Additionally, the upper floors contain flexible laboratory space designed to accommodate both wet and dry labs including class 100 and 1000 clean room labs. Even the basement of the building houses “stable space” that minimizes vibration so that Nano Technology research can take place.. State-of-the-art cyber infrastructure enables high performance computing for frontier scientific research in genetics and genomics all the way through to computational drug design. To further the University’s collaborative principles, the 2-story entrance atrium serves as the focus for the science research and educational corridor linking the existing College of Engineering and the College of Science & Technology buildings to the new facility.
Science is Green
The building is designed to optimize energy efficiencies, durability, and life-cycle performance through the incorporation of innovative waste water technologies, Green Power, lighting system controls, exterior sunshades and daylighting strategies. The project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and has achieved LEED Gold.